* Posts by Aremmes

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Version 252 of systemd, as expected, locks down the Linux boot process


Re: For a second....

Native Spanish speaker here. "Otoño" has the same root as "autumn" (namely, Latin "autumnus"), and learned that translation from my English teachers at school. I learned of "fall" after moving to the US mid-Atlantic, and also that people here don't seem fazed when hearing one or the other -- it's all the same to them.

Rust is eating into our systems, and it's a good thing


Re: Romani ite dōmum

That would work, or perhaps conductor. There's some precedent behind that logic as well -- IBM call their ESCON/FICON switches directors. Now it's just a simple matter of convincing Spanish-speaking IT geeks to call routers conductores.


Re: Romani ite dōmum

Presuming that the -ret… part came from the Latin word for “net”, rēte, which is third declension, its singular genitive would be interrētis.

Thanks for the correction.

The modern Spanish descendant of ruptus is roto, but given the current definitions of roto, it might not be the best choice from which to coin a Spanish translation of “router”.

Roto/a (meaning broken) is one descendant, the other is ruta (meaning route), e.g. Ruta Panamericana.


Romani ite dōmum

Surely you meant to say *ductor interretī* given the second declension genitive, right?

It bugs me that there seemingly doesn't exist any good Spanish translation for router (*enrutador* doesn't sound right even if the parts look correct), or for a lot of IT terminology for that matter. The English language truly has cemented its hegemony in this field, for better or worse, and it doesn't appear to be losing ground there, ductores interreti notwithstanding.

The classic hits keep coming from IBM: z/OS set for big update in September


Re: Weird

Why not? It has done its intended job for decades and provided its users with clear upgrade paths to enable them to use modern technology without requiring them to abandon their old, stable codebases, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The downsides of migrating off mainframes onto PC-based server networks are various and well documented, and anyone who attempts to do so without taking the cost of those downsides into account will only invite disaster.

Death Becomes It: Who put the Blue in the Blue Screen of Death?


Re: Ah, the memories....

Jamie Zawinski's classic XScreenSaver is still around, updated to work on MacOS (and still works on Linux/Unix). The BSOD mode is still there, updated to include more dead computer screens: the man page on my computer lists Windows, NT, Win2K, Win10, Ransomware, Amiga, Mac, Mac1 (another sad Mac, MacsBug (debugger screen), MacOS X, SCO, Atari, BSD, Linux, SparcLinux, HPPALinux, BlitDamage, Solaris, HPUX, Apple2, OS390, Tru64, VMS, MS-DOS, OS2, HVX, VMware, and Android. The last one is interesting as it's not really an Android screen but an HBOOT screen pretending that the boot volume has gone for a walk.

Even 2020 cannot bring forth the Year of Linux on the Desktop


You recall incorrectly. In X, the server is the process that manages the display and input devices (keyboard and mouse) and the clients are the processes that use the display and inputs as mediated by the server. This inversion was deliberate, since the display, keyboard, and mouse are finite shared resources much like disks, printers, etc. can be finite shared resources. Per Wikipedia, "X takes the perspective of the application, rather than that of the end-user: X provides display and I/O services to applications, so it is a server; applications use these services, thus they are clients."

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them


Re: That does seem kind of shady...

"... the Dash buttons that I need are for Coffee beans, Printer ink and Talisker Whisky!"

Sounds like a cocktail for bitter journalists.

You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive


Re: New Tag for WD ..

Username checks out.


When they said "hard drive" they didn't mean to place it on your crotch.

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers


Emacs versions

"GNU Emacs began life in the 1970s and is currently at version 25, which means it averages two releases to Vim's one, but still definitely on the slow side."

Actually, GNU Emacs is technically still at version 1 -- the 25 is the minor version number. It is said that RMS will release version 2 when the first stable version of GNU Hurd comes out.

Windows 10 networking bug derails Microsoft's own IPv6 rollout


Re: IPv6 needs a catalyst

"The main limitation of NAT is 16 bit ports. If port addresses were expanded to 32 bits, we'd probably be fine with IPv4 pretty much forever."

For larger networks you can set up source NAT pools, so that connections are spread over a number of IP addresses instead of a single NAT address (e.g., the NAT router), thus avoiding the 16-bit port number limit. Cisco has supported this since when NAT became a thing.

ISC squishes BIND packet-of-death bugs


BIND + patches = a day ending in 'y'.

"BIND users, get patching."

A public service announcement from the Ministry of Redundancy and Reiteration.

Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink


Re: reprimanded for poor performance.

Perfectly cromulent Texas speak there, I'm afraid.

Brit polar vessel christened RRS Sir David Attenborough


Second option

Given that they went with Plan B, can't we just call her the "RRS The 'B' Ark" then?

IBM's 'neurosynaptic chip' to power nuke-watching exascale rig


Re: 2.5W what does it mean?

"They brag about thousands of cores and billions of transistors but the 2.5W really means most of those cores and transistors are not doing anything most of the time."

Just like how we only use 10% of our brain at any given time.

What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?


"Boaty McBoatface" does seem to have a certain tinny quality to it, unlike, say, "Glamorgan." Or, "Atlantic Conveyor." Or "Teignmouth Electron." Nice, solid woody names those.

Ah, that new 'baby' mainframe smell: IBM shows off z13s


Re: Lets decrypt the name

Now I'm thinking of vuvuzelas protruding from all sides of a server rack, blaring a deafening racket whenever a cat licks its crotch and triggers the intrusion detection system. Why must you do this to me?!?

Block storage is dead, says ex-HP and Supermicro data bigwig


Re: "if you divide the data into chunks and store the chunks"

I thought of the CKD format on IBM mainframes, where a program can instruct the storage device to locate a record by key and transfer it to a buffer in memory without CPU intervention.

It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE


Re: Fun except

I don't know what "high-dimensional molecular structure" means either, but given the source I bet it involves giant robots in space.

Samsung to launch a Snapdragon 808-based clamshell smartphone


Re: Nokia Communicator

If they put the hinge on the long side (the only thing I wished the Nokia N900 had) and give it a QWERTY keypad, I'm sold.

Spaniards get that cinking feeling


Re: They not be able to pronounce WhatsApp for love nor money...

"Most Spaniards I'm guesing they will pronounce WhatsApp either "WASAP" or "WARSAP""

I can tell you that when speaking Spanish anything that introduces pauses into the syllable timing will get summarily dropped. Hence, "wasap" instead of "watsap". Spanish makes little use of syllable final consonants outside of "m", "n" and "s", and even then has a preference for ending syllables with vowels -- e.g., notice the aspirated final "r"s and "s"s in Caribbean Spanish.

Amazon: DROP DATABASE Oracle; INSERT our new fast cheap MySQL clone


Re: good luck to them

Third-party software vendors have something to do with it, I'm afraid. Where I work we have a big "enterprise application suite" -- ERP stuff. It's a big nasty hodgepodge of PL/SQL, Pro*C, Pro*COBOL, Java, Forms, and other things that should be declared Not Safe For Work, very tightly integrated with the database and associated Oracle stack products. Unsurprisingly, the vendor certifies it compatible only with Oracle, and will not support its use with anything else -- I think they might even consider the use of another database product a violation of the contract or some other equally ludicrous claim. Fortunately, I'm not a DBA, nor do I want to be one.

Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files


Re: Such stamina!

More importantly, why a bus? Did the bus dress provocatively?

Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control


Re: A U-2 you say?

Only on a beautiful day, when they're not skipping from three all the way to fourteen.

Micron takes on Intel with 'breakthrough' processor for streaming data


Everything old is new again

So, essentially, they've put transputers on a DIMM. Maybe they can retarget occam-pi to it too.

Inventor whips lenscap off 3D-printed pinhole camera


3D printing too high-tech

Someone already made a medium-format pinhole camera OUT OF PAPER.


You can't get any lower tech than that.

Rich in Philadelphia? Your new phone can be put in your hands TODAY


Not just for the stonkingly rich

In my experience, those who can hardly make ends meet yet still buy smartphones and pay the extended replacement warranty will be the ones to fork the $20 for this new service. The rich will just direct an employee to pick it up for them.

How were your hols, cluster kids? Oh, partied, studied... did we mention WE BUILT DRONES


Re: 26 amps?

Ouch. It's hard to go past a single rack with just two 15-amp circuits (per the standard NEMA 5-15 mains outlet rating). Data centers here usually go for dual 30-amp circuits, sometimes at 120V (with L5-30 outlets), or preferably 240V (L6-30) to reduce power losses.

Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box


No recursive backronyms

It saddens me that none of the proposed backronyms features recursion, like, say, "Abend Button Escapes Near Doom". What ever happened to that fine geek custom?

USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013


Re: NorrisSpeed USB

Of course it can be extended to speed: an object onto which a roundhouse kick of one Norris of force has been applied flies at a terminal speed of one Chuck.

Microsoft releases first Windows OS in an original American language


Re: Not the first, I think

Each of those two has more native speakers than Cherokee (16,400 per the wikis) and use a Latin alphabet. Quechua also has the privilege of being an official language in two countries.

Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?


The Mosquito Coast

There was a movie (and novel) following the same concept, "The Mosquito Coast," with Harrison Ford: genius gets tired of life at home, bails out, moves to Belize, and things work out well for a short time before turning nasty.

Apple 'offered Samsung $30-per-mobe' patent licence truce


Re: Delenda est Pupillam

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

Million-plus IOPS: Kaminario smashes IBM in DRAM decimation


Re: what's with the name "kaminario?"

It sounds like another product from the strategy boutique. "Caminar" means "to walk" in Spanish, so "kaminario" sort of sounds like it's going for a walk. Probably right before being knocked unconscious and being put on the cart.

BOFH: Shove your project managementry up your mailbox!


Re: Cricket bats versus baseball bats

An aluminium baseball bat will produce a thoroughly satisfying *PING* when impacted upon a miscreant's head.


Boffins crack on with ultimate roboass


Playing games

Evidently this is Japan's latest games console, designed specifically for playing shiritori.

Austrian village considers a F**king name change


Re: There's a bunch in PA

Bird In Hand, PA (near Blue Ball, Intercourse, and Paradise)


These towns are deep in Amish country.

Steve Jobs biopic


Re: But WHO will play Ballmer

So, they could put Jason Alexander up for an audition, and he wouldn't have to wear his new hairpiece for it.

AMD plots an end run round Intel with SeaMicro's 'Freedom'


Re: Hyperchannel

Cray did something like that at least twice already. The XD1 uses ASICs to extend HyperTransport into a switched fabric to link 144 processors together into a single system image. The XT3 and successors connect the CPUs to the SeaStar interconnect via HyperTransport.

The processors can connect to each other without any glue logic but that consumes HT links quickly. One can only add so much to the die and packaging before it gets too expensive.

Alcohol DOUBLES LIFESPAN, helps resist stress


Unlikely - mixing water and flouride results in bread oxide and hydrogen.

Quote of the Week: 'I shave my balls for this?'

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As a Spanish-speaking geek who can't read "WebOS" without thinking of baggy appendages, I'veIthoIght of perhaps starting a new tech company to make a WebOS-based gadget named Plantain. The marketing copy would write itself: "Taste the power of the Plantain, powered by WebOS."

Ten... all-in-one inkjet printers



Lexmark X2600, HP CLJ Pro 100, Samsung SCX-4826FN, Konica Minolta 1690MF, Brother MFC 9010CN... Just a random pick list from the first page of a search at CDW.com.

Try harder next time.

Tokyo trains get lightsabre handrails


The title is optional, and may include ninjas

They're probably ninjas, and are able to perform "specific activities" too quickly for the average human eye to even notice.

HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics


A title is optional, and may contain badgers

"So come on HP shareholders - sounds like easy way to get your 20% market loss back"

You know that won't happen; even Fiorina was able to steamroll them into the ground.

NASA aims for space tests of Mars-in-a-month plasma drive


Upon arrival

To slow down, you turn the spacecraft 180° to point the engine in the direction of travel halfway through the trip and apply the same thrust. There's a video of this particular flight plan somewhere on the 'net.

Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system


"Limit software patents protection to 3 years"

Software gets copyright protection - why should it have patent protection at the same time? It's the only human invention to be covered by both copyright law and patent law, and it's not even a tangible product.

Google algorithm change squashes code geek 'webspam'


Finally something

At last Google is at least acknowledging the search spam problem. Now, will they do something about the keyword search spam sites and the shopping spam sites that I keep getting in my search results? Take care of that, Google, and you'll have gotten rid of most of the spam results that I've faced.

Steelie Neelie floats pan-European phone number notion

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Seems like someone thought that the NANP is better than E.164.

Cryptographers crack system for verifying digital images


NIH syndrome strikes again

So the requirements say that a method to asymmetrically authenticate a message is needed. There are several digital signature algorithms available, many within reach of a Google search. What do we do? We'll ignore decades of crypto research and invent our own signing algorithm, of course.

'Plastic surgeon' cuffed for in bar boob checks


definitely ignorant

Thing is, the odds of encountering a South African anywhere between the Rockies and the Appalachians are so low that most people won't be able to tell a real SA accent from a fake one. Those same people wouldn't be able to distinguish between English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, or Australian accents either, for that matter.